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Should alcohol induced seizures receive the same long term care as epilepsy?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology
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In brief: No

If truly alcohol induced, abstaining from alcohol should solve the problem, with no need for anti-epileptic drugs.
The problem is that sometimes alcohol may just be the trigger (eg "the straw that breaks the camel's back") in someone with a tendency to have seizures even without alcohol.

In brief: No

If truly alcohol induced, abstaining from alcohol should solve the problem, with no need for anti-epileptic drugs.
The problem is that sometimes alcohol may just be the trigger (eg "the straw that breaks the camel's back") in someone with a tendency to have seizures even without alcohol.
Dr. Anthony Mosley
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: No

If seizures are only induced after cessation of heavy drinking, there is no evidence that anything other than complete abstinence from alcohol is needed.
If the individual stops drinking, there will be no seizures. This depends on whether the testing, particularly an eeg (brain wave test) is normal. This should be done after any new seizure. If only a ct scan was done, see a neurologist for eeg.

In brief: No

If seizures are only induced after cessation of heavy drinking, there is no evidence that anything other than complete abstinence from alcohol is needed.
If the individual stops drinking, there will be no seizures. This depends on whether the testing, particularly an eeg (brain wave test) is normal. This should be done after any new seizure. If only a ct scan was done, see a neurologist for eeg.
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